The Grid: The Path to Inspiration Episode 142 | Brian Rodgers Jr. Commercial Photographer/Digital Artist

Hey everyone! As photographers and artist's, we all need sources of inspiration. We use that inspiration as fuel to ignite our own creativity. What inspires you? Music has been a driving force in the creation of much of my work over the years, even at an early age. There's just something about the feeling you get when listening to music that moves you. When I'm shooting and retouching, I'm always listening to music. I truly believe that for me, it helps shape my images and the mood they create. It's that feeling that drives my creativity. For some reason I can always turn on Oleander's latest album Something Beautiful and get into my creative zone. Great album! And it's really cool to see an awesome band that went away for a while come back with such a powerful record. Check it out!

I just happened to be watching last weeks episode of The Grid. The episode focused on The Path to Inspiration. I am absolutely honored to have been referenced in the discussion for my automotive self assignment (I'm referenced at about 34:20 & 1:03:15) I've been watching The Grid since it first aired and I'm a huge fan of the show. Kelby Media has been such a huge inspiration of mine for a long time.

I just wanted to thank Pete Collins for sharing my work on the air and for posting to the NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) member site. I also wanted to thank RC and Mia as well.

What inspires you?

• Check out last week's episode of The Grid! http://goo.gl/9IfmW9

• Also check out some of Pete's awesome illustrations at www.petecollins.com

• You can see the automotive self assignment here: http://goo.gl/NpKnMr

• Recommended listening Oleander Something Beautiful: http://goo.gl/M9YNIK

Brian Rodgers Jr.

Commercial Photographer/Digital Artist, USA

Brian Rodgers Jr. is a commercial advertising photographer based in South Bend Indiana. Brian has a wealth of commercial photography experience photographing everything from commercial portraits, RVs, large commercial vehicles, product and food photography, to multi-million dollar mansions. Furthermore, he has created brand images for national companies and his work has been published in various national and international publications including Photoshop User Magazine, Dentaltown Magazine, Incisal Edge Magazine, and the popular web based show "Photography Tips & Tricks" produced by Kelby Media Group to name a few. Brian’s overall body of work demonstrates a real cultivation of skills behind the lens as well as a wide array of cutting edge post production techniques. He provides his clients with exceptional images and ensures customer satisfaction through his relentless work ethic. Brian is not just a photographer, he is an artist. Retouching his own work allows him to deliver a product that reflects his vision as an artist. And his clients are never disappointed in his abilities to produce consistent, compelling images. Fun Fact: He shot his own portrait